Congratulations to Suzanne and Paul who came to London for a gorgeous Christmas wedding at Kensington and Chelsea Registry Office. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know them and to meet their families at their beautiful wedding.
I have been photographing weddings at the Brydon Room in Kensington and Chelsea Registry office for over a decade and thought I knew most of the reception venues but was surprised to hear that Suzanne and Paul had chosen a hotel called The Corinthia especially as it has such a prestigious address, 10 Whitehall Place.
The Corinthia is a newly refurbished luxury 5 star hotel. With the refurbishment costing around £300 million and the results are incredible. Here is a link to some information about the hotel which makes for an interesting read as it was originally a very glamourous hotel built in 1883 which hosted the rich, famous and royal until it was purchased in the late 1940’s and turned into government offices. During the conversion process back to a luxury hotel, secret tunnels built during World War II to facilitate below ground access for defence ministers to Whitehall had to be securely filled in.
When we arrived at The Corinthia we were greeted by wedding executive Claire Bowpit. A big thank you to Claire for her help and warm welcome. The Corinthia is staggeringly beautiful and Claire was kind enough to show us the best spots for the wedding photographs which was really helpful as there are so many. She took us to the Royal Penthouse – the name speaks for itself. It is set over two floors with a rooftop terrace which looks out towards the London Eye and has wonderful views. The hotel is filled with amazing lights and chandeliers and the staff are great – 5 star at it’s best. A definite contender with London’s finest hotels. The hotel was decorated for Christmas which was a real bonus. My favourite feature was a 10 ft tall Christmas tree made entirely out of gingerbread.
Suzanne and Paul’s wedding took place in the evening so all the photographs were shot in low light. For any photographers reading this you might like to know that they were processed using Adobe Lightroom and the VSCO set of actions which really work by emulating Fuji and Kodak films.
Suzanne and Paul hosted their guests at the Chef’s Table which is a private dining room just off to the side of the Massimo Private Dining Room. The room came with a lovely kitchen area where the Chef prepared the wedding dinner. It’s the perfect space for a small wedding reception preceded of course by champagne in the Massimo Oyster Bar 🙂
I’m really glad I was around to photograph the speeches. They were everything speeches should be; warm, funny and heart-felt. Congratulations again Mr & Mrs Rock. Wishing you every happiness for the future.